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John Edward HINCKS

Regimental number5342
Place of birthClermont, Queensland
SchoolState School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMount Crossby via Ipswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Hincks, Mount Crossby via Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date22 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Villers Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 August 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Awarded Military Medal for Conspicuous bravery on the Field.' Details from Mother.
FateDied of wounds 15 August 1918
Place of death or woundingAmiens, France
Age at death19.4
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row B, Grave no. 32), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
107
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: albert and Annie HINCKS, Stevens Street, Morningside, Brisbane, Queensland. Native of Clermont, Queensland
Medals

Military Medal

'Prior to the attack East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMINES, on August 8th 1918, this man although wounded, took charge of a Lewis Gun team whose leader had been killed, and led them throughout the attack with great gallantry and skill. During the advance he encountered a machine gun, and going forward alone, engaged it with his Lewis gun, silencing it and killing three of the crew. During the following two days, this man continued to lead the Lewis gun team with the same gallantry and skill, until severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: T.A. Beattie, died in France
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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